BOUNCE Project Final Conference

14 Mar 2018


8.30         Welcome, registration
9.00         Introduction

             9.00       A word from the organizers

             9:10       Project Coordinator: Federal Public Service Home Affairs - Belgian Minister of Security and Home Affairs Jan Jambon (to be confirmed)

             9:20      European Commission, DG Home  
             9.35      European Forum for Urban Security : Elizabeth Johnston,  Executive Director

             9:50      The BOUNCE Trainers : RadarEurope + Arktos vzw : Maarten van de Donk, Senior Advisor RadarEurope & RAN - Erik Vanwoensel, Director Arktos vzw

10.05       Results of the BOUNCE evaluation & research: University of Ghent : Lieven Pauwels, Wim Hardyns, Eva Christiaens

11.00       Coffee break

11.30       Keynote speech: Zubeda Limbada (ConnectFutures - UK) : "Training and research for the prevention of extremism and exploitation”


12.30       Lunch (the lunch is foreseen)

14:00       Parallel workshops (Registration via Google Form)

  • RadarEurope and Arktos vzw : “The link between the BOUNCE resilience tools and preventing radicalisation”: Radicalisation and extremism are hardly mentioned in the BOUNCE training manuals and  this is for a good reason. By underlining the link there is the risk of perceived stigmatisation and refusal to participate by the youngsters themselves, their parents or institutions. As resilience building in itself is seen as a positive action to increase chances for favourable way towards adulthood, generally leaving out radicalisation as reason for organising BOUNCE trainings is not noticed. Contrasting to this there is a call for preventive action: working with people who don’t show any sign of risk that hints to radicalisation. However, being aware of the presence of radical ideologies luring people susceptible for simple answers to difficult questions it is good to strengthen the resilience of adolescents. Following this thoughts cities/communities will present BOUNCE as part of their radicalisation strategy. How to bring this two worlds together? How does the Bounce resilience tool prevent radicalisation? And what can be done to avoid perceived stigmatisation?  
  • FPS Home Affairs Belgium : "Presentation of two European good practices in the field of primary prevention of violent radicalisation: Fryshuset (Sweden) & CONTRA (Germany): Fryshuset is often referred to as the largest youth center in the world – but it is actually much more than that. Above all it is a vision based on the conviction that encouragement, confidence, responsibility and understanding are necessary in order to enable young people to develop their innate abilities and find their way into society.This is exactly what Fryshuset is trying to do and the place is therefore packed with all kinds of creative and constructive activities. Young people mix with grown-ups in order to participate, contribute and learn. Fryshuset is a meeting place where people share and develop passionate interests, social commitments, sports, entertainment, culture and innovative educational programs. CONTRA ("Countering Propaganda by Narration Towards Anti-Radical Awareness") is an EU-funded research project aiming at contrasting youth radicalization. Within its framework, a pool of researchers, practitioners and experts from security institutions are developing a primary prevention program, to be implemented in schools, against right-wing extremist and Islamist propaganda addressing young people online. The project employs the latest findings from media psychology, as well as results from radicalization research, to develop learning resources that educators can use in their regular teaching activities.
  • European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) : Key challenges around the local prevention of radicalisation: This workshop will aim at addressing the main difficulties faced by local authorities, both from a political and technical perspective, when developing local preventive strategies against radicalisation. Issues such as the co-production of initiatives between institutional and non-institutional stakeholders, internal and external communication at the municipal level, the development of tailor-made training programmes for local elected officials and practitioners or the current lack of adequate assessment and diagnosis tools will be among the different topics discussed during this session.  this workshop will gather EFUS' programme Manager, Moritz Konradi, together with several experts/practitionners from Efus member cities and projects. 
  • Us versus them: polarisation as political enrichment or social threat:  Left vs Right, Trump vs Obama, Erdogan vs Gülen, Islam vs the Western world, … etc. As our societies are getting more and more complex there seems to be a growing need for a dualistic interpretation and social categorisation. However we need to politically discuss the many questions that emerge from societal challenges like Brexit, climate change, refugee crisis, information storms, globalisation, …, we also need to prevent the dynamics of social polarisation. An intensified Us versus them thinking can lead towards social instability and even destroy the social fabric within a community. In a final stage social polarisation can even lead towards collective violence like genocide or terrorism. This lecture explains the difference between political polarisation as an enrichment and social polarisation as a threat, the roles and dynamics of the phenomenon and 4 important game changers to bridge the gap between Us and Them. A focus on the connection between Needs, Narratives and Networks.

15:00      Coffee break
15.30       Panel discussion between pilot cities (moderated  by Thomas Renard, Expert - Egmont Institute (Royal Institute for International Relations - Belgium)




16.30      Closing speech


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